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Harvard Grad Seeks Investor to Help Togo Slash Internet Costs

  • Online infrastructure in Togo may cost about $431 million
  • Togo also plans a biometric database modeled on India’s Aadhar
Cina Lawson in London, UK, on May 17.
Cina Lawson in London, UK, on May 17. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Cina Lawson, Togo’s minister of digital economy and transformation, is seeking an investor to help build internet services in the West African nation and help slash costs.

The Harvard University graduate expects the project, which will use Togo’s power-line infrastructure to lay fiber cable, to cost about 350 million euros ($431 million). The government will borrow about 250 million euros from multilateral institutions such as the World Bank, while the investor would provide the balance, the minister said.